Raising Awareness for Mental Health… Every Brilliant Thing, September 18 – October 5, 2019
Longtime Houston professional theater artists Shannon Emerick and Rebecca Greene Udden have come together to present Every Brilliant Thing, Emerick’s production as part of the 2019 Houston Equity Festival. Emerick is acting in the solo piece; Udden directs.
Every Brilliant Thing is an honest, resilient, sometimes sad, often funny, hopeful, and joyful look at life and the lengths we will go for those we love.
This is not really a family show, but a meaningful show for adults and parents.
It is the story of a person who’s reliving pieces of her life relating to her mother’s suicide – and how she herself has sought out everything worth living for… That being said, “lightness, humor, and joy are peppered throughout,” shares Emerick. “And it’s a very personal reminder that we are not in this life alone. And that joy can be anywhere.”
Emerick is partnering with the AFSP-Southeast Texas (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) as well as NAMI Greater Houston (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for the production. She is also hosting several post-show discussions.
“The fight against suicide begins with the willingness to have a real conversation about it,” offers Wykesha McKinney, Board Chair of AFSP-Southeast Texas. “Only then, when we make it safe to ask for help, will we be able to make an impact. Every Brilliant Thing opens the door to engage in a very important discussion about mental illness and suicide in a way that is so intimate and so heartfelt that it is bound to change lives.” Ms. McKinney will be leading the post-show discussion on September 25.
“NAMI Greater Houston is proud to be a production partner to bring the powerful play Every Brilliant Thing to life,” shares Jessica McDaniel, Director of Development for NAMI GH. “In keeping with our commitment to mental health, the play highlights the difficulties of living with mental illness and the effects of suicide. As September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we are more mindful than ever of the need to end the stigma associated with mental health.” The partnership culminates with NAMI Night on October 5 at 3:00pm, where NAMI GH Programs Director Angelina Hudson will be leading a post-show discussion.
Join me in supporting this one woman show!
There are 7 performances which are being held at Main Street Theater in Rice Village, 2540 Times Blvd:
Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30pm: September 18, 22, 25, 29 and October 2; and Saturdays at 3:00pm: September 21 and October 5.
Tickets are $25 (student, senior & group discounts available).